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MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream Porter - Portland Brewing Company

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MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream PorterMacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream Porter

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BA SCORE
79
okay

178 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown with reddish highlights. I can't quite see bright sunlight on the opposite side of the glass. The head is light chocolate brown in color, falls without fanfare and desposits very little lace. The nose is muted, though I do pick up mocha and chocolate. It's a good aroma, it just needs to be stronger.

The flavor is pretty good even though it doesn't inspire me to wax poetic. It's not a whole lot different from the nose: sweet, chocolate-laced coffee and maybe a little hop juice. It's both sweet and sour at once, an interesting characteristic. The somewhat generous amount of malt results in a medium-full body. The mouthfeel starts out creamy, but then thins out just a tad on the finish. As the beer warms, the creaminess becomes more apparent and is maintained throughout.

Blackwatch Cream Porter is pretty good beer. Better, at least, than a fair number of porters that are out and about. It has no major faults and is therefore decently quaffable. Worth a look.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer confirmed my initial aspirations about the flavors, textures, and aromas. Begins with an impressive pour of dark roastiness, nice airy head formation that retained well and left traces of lacing on the glass. Aromas are typical in the roasted barley and sweet malt profiles with hints of coffee and cocoa. A grain aroma follows up and threatens to take control of the beer. Flavors are a medium balance of stout-like grains, softened by chocolate and nutty character. Hopped assertively for bitterness and a grassy flavor. Again, the grain flavors take hold late and give an astringent taste to the aftertaste. Feels airy, dry, and round due to the abundance of carbonation, but not as creamy as the label suggests. A balanced blend of raw barley, chocolate, and hops in the finish. It hits the stride with many to-style Porters, however ordinary nonetheless.

BEERchitect, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured out a dark black color with no head. Not much for lacing either.

S - It smelled of choolate, coffee and roasted malt.

T - It a stong roasted quality. The dominant flavors were malt and chocolate.

M - It was soft and creamy. Medium-bodied.

D - It is pretty good. I had higher expectations because their Thunderhead IPA is so good.

zeff80, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very deep brown, almost black, with mahogany & ruby highlights topped by a creamy tan head that holds well and leaves some limited lace. The aroma is of sweet dark malt. The body is medium and nicely creamy in the mouth. The flavor is caramel-like, with a mild chocolate character and a very subtle roastiness. There's a slight hop flavor; and a well balanced bitterness. Finishes with lots of lingering cocoa. Very nice and quite enjoyable.

NeroFiddled, Sep 16, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Tan lace sticks all over, big pillowy head when first poured then settles into an almost cake-like form on top, takes for ever to dissipate. Nearly all the way black, a tinge of light is seen thought the dark liquid with reddish highlights.

Smell: Big roasted coffee aroma, you would swear that this was a glass of fresh brewed iced coffee. Trace amount of malt sweetness and a charcoal woody aroma also.

Taste: Smooth with a slightly crisp finish to the mouth feel, carbonation is at a moderate level. Rounded medium body. Roasted flavours are mildly aggressive, meaning they are not extremely harsh but get a bit taxing on the palate with a vague astringent back ground. The roasted malt ranges from coffee grounds to woody charcoal, black strap molasses to somewhat acrid. Hops are more or less an addition to the bitterness of the roasted malts and the woody flavours throughout. Alcohol is a gradually warming factor. Oatmeal and other unmalted grains bring a small amount of softness and a trace of sweetness but are far from balancing.

Notes: A half decent porter, roasted flavours are perhaps drawn-out too much brings a touch too much astringency. Even when served at cellar temperature the astringency still hangs around and wants to be noticed.

Jason, Mar 24, 2002
Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a purplish/mahogany with 3+ fluffy fingers of tan colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: A little iron

T: A little chocolate & iron up front. Toasted grain & coffee follow as this warms. Finishes with way too much coffee for my liking, oh yeah, also some roasted grain.

MF: Medium-bodied, chewy & low carbonation, skews a little ot bitter balance-wise

Drinks okay, can't get past the coffee smack, those who like that will disagree with me I'm sure

russpowell, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a black malt scent that boasts of patent and roasted malts. It's dry and earthy with a slight chocolate sweetness. The taste is decent also. It has a very dry and earthy flavor that boasts of patent and chocolate malts. It goes down easy with a dry, black malt finish. The mouthfeel is above average. It is a full bodied beer with a bit too much carbonation. This is a decent porter. I like the black malt element, but I must have missed the boat on this one. It could have used more crystal and chocolate malts to enhance the sweetness as well as some lactose for a "creamy" flavor.

WesWes, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a 1/2 inch tan head. The aroma is mild, but you can pick up the roasted malt and coffee tones without much difficulty. The flavor is of roasted malt, coffee, and light bits of bitter chocolate.

This is thinner bodied than other porters, but nicely smooth and creamy in the mouthfeel. Carbonation levels were a bit weak. The roastiness lasts on the tongue for a bit after swallowing. Easily drinkable.

Gavage, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black color with a nice tan colored head. Nose is dominated by a strong dark coffee scent with hints of sweet malt.Taste is alot of roasted malts and grains really come through in the taste with notes of molasses. Really creamy mouthfeel and easy to drink.

barleywinefiend, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle sampled. No freshness dating. Pours dark mahogony brown, some ruby highlights, minor dark tan head, minor lacing. Nose is quite strong and of roast coffee, vanilla and cocoa. Medium to full bodied, creamy and coating beverage. Notes of more cocoa, vanilla, rum raisin and coffee. Rich, flavorful brew. Respectable take on the style, worth a try if you like em dark and flavorfull.

Billolick, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of DoubleJ
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce stubby twist-off from Total Wine, on to the beer:

The head has a tint of tan, and forms thick on top this charcoal colored beer. No lacing, not much head retention. Dark malt is obvious in the nose, vague roasted malt show up on occasion. To taste, it is light in the mouth, some silk-like texture is present, with little carbonation hitting on the palate. Some odd cream flavor is tasted along with a powdery, somewhat tasteless chocolate note. Flashes a vague green veggie note, could that be hops?

Decent to wash down a meal, but that's it. Lacks the robust flavor I would want from my porter, and adds a bit of an odd flavor in return.

DoubleJ, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -13.5%

ejimhof, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle has changed to a shorter one from the long neck.

A - Pours a black color, not much carbonation, very small head which disappers quickly, not much lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of coffee/chocolate, malts, some roastiness and a slight smoke hint.

T - The taste is sweet and coffee like, pretty smooth aftertaste with a round balance of flavors.

M - Medium body, not much carbonation.

D - Drinkable. I like this brew and would recommend to others.

Wasatch, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz my fiancee brought with her on our trip.. poured into a shaker pint.

Fairly aggressive pour made the head cascade over the side of the glass .. "my fault.. not the brewers." Dark DArk DARk DARK brown.. only the slightest bit of lite brown reveals when held to a light. Fantastic lacing.. tan head.

Aroma is muted dark malts and chocolate.. lite black licorice... cinnamon??!!

Flavor is dark malts and very lite brown sugar.. could use more body.. and sweetness... yeasty fruitiness on the end of the palate that is a little distracting. A little watery.

Just an OKAY porter.. nothing to shake a stick at.. definately not drainpour.. but not as good as a PNW porter "should" be. Sorry.

JohnGalt1, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

harpus, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Gusler
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beers empties from the brown stubby bottle a soot black, the head smallish and tan in color, the texture semi-creamy. Nose has a nice roasted grain aroma, sweet and seems to me a hint of vanilla, start is lightly sweet, the grain presence adequate and the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is easy going on the acidity side, the hops personable in their spiciness, pleasingly dry aftertaste that lingers long, an easy drinking beer that I really should sample more often, but damn, so many good beers, just one mouth! lol

Gusler, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Your normal porter amppearance of ligt tant head with foamy ring and coal brown color. Lots of coffee creamer malts with plenty o' roastiness and a little toastiness. Like a Marzen. Sort of. Just in flavor. Very chestnutty middle to this milky brew. plenty of mdiocre bitterness notes mixed with the overall roasty character of this beer.

scruffwhor, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

KAF, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Dogbrick
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly decent porter. Motor oil colored with a thin head that vanished rather quickly. Very pleasant malty/coffee aroma. Decent roasted flavor with coffee pervading, although it was on the thin side. This was noticeably un-creamy considering the name of the beer. It was rather sharp and dry, but not overly so. I'd try this again.

Dogbrick, Nov 05, 2002
Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color pours a dark brownish black, settles to a very opaque black, no head was produced but some residual tannish bubbles arrived around the edges and has some small stringy patches of lace. Aroma is blackened malts and very roasty burnt-like, slightly robust and earthy like wet soil, with a nice deep coffeeish/espresso backing thats all pretty soft but not in a light aspect. Taste is mildly robust and smooth of deeply roasted-blackened malts, good sweetish tangy bitterness with a slight hop twinge and dryness. Gets a bit of espresso taste and feel quality in there but nothing to potent. It could use a bit more oompff, its pretty mellow, smooth, and easy. Just enough flavor and tangyness to keep me sippin'. Feel is a bit light, but close to medium body, smooth & pretty creamy and coats nicely with a light popcorn-like airy, partially tangy dryness on the top of the mouth and the tongue in the finish. Pretty decent porter, I wouldn't pass it up if offered.

tavernjef, May 19, 2003
Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

WOLFGANG, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Very dark brown, almost black, with a decent tan head that left little pits on top of the body.

Smell – This is almost like a cookies-n-cream mix of dark and white chocolate with a milky, bready malt. There’s a noticeable dose of sugar in there as well, but this one is mostly creamy white/dark chocolate with maybe a hint of coffee.

Taste – This is quite interesting. A hop balance comes out at the taste, making this one well-balanced indeed. And, the chocolate flavors go way back, almost out of sight, replaced by a tangy almost light sherry flavor. It’s very good.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied with some light carbonation and very refreshing. It’s not a big hop busting porter, but it’s balanced.

Drinkability – This went down well. It’s probably off a little bit from my personal preferences, but a class act for sure that will have many fans.

RoyalT, Jan 31, 2006
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MacTarnahan's Blackwatch Cream Porter from Portland Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.